THE PUBLIC have been urged to avoid the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick as it is dealing with high volumes of patients this Tuesday.
A total of 250 patients attended the emergency department between 8am on Monday and 8am Tuesday, between 30 and 40 more than recent Mondays.
According to daily figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 71 patients on trolleys at UHL this Tuesday morning.
The UL Hospitals Group said that the high volumes of patients is due "to a busy weekend in the ED, and an increased number of delayed discharges across the Group".
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who have experienced long wait times in the ED at UHL, and we would like to reassure patients and their families that we are working to alleviate the situation. We also acknowledge the work of our staff and thank them for their continued dedication and commitment to patient care."
The spokesperson said it is urging people to consider all their care options and not to attend the ED "unless absolutely necessary"
"It is important that we keep the ED for emergencies only and we encourage the public to do so."
It is also encouraging patients to avail of the local injury units at St John's Hospital, Ennis Hospital and Nenagh Hospital.
"Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.
"However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority."